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Major action needed says new research on gender diversity in the airlines

A just-released major report shines a light on the significant problem of gender discrimination and the lack of gender diversity amongst pilots in the airline industry with a specific focus on the airline pilot trainer role. 

The study conducted by the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) and the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) aimed to investigate why so few pilot trainers are female and explore the barriers to female pilot career progression.

Among the report’s major findings were some extremely concerning reports of overt and covert sexism and sexual harassment towards women, including frequent reports of an “old boys’ network” and a lack of female role models and mentors. 

The report also confirmed many points the Institute for Women Of Aviation Worldwide has been highlighting and addressing for many years.

  • Only one female pilot out of three knew at an early age that she wanted to become an airline pilot
  • More than twice as many women as men find the airline pilot job “interesting”.
  • Family has the most influence on young people career choice, especially for women.
  • Women are as able as men to self-finance their training.
  • Gender-specific outreach initiatives are working.

Find the full report here.

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